150 Scouts in Troop 179 work to be Messengers of Peace
Our Troop 179 in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA has 150 members who embarked on a campaign of awareness this fall by participating in a series of community activities, creating displays, holding a comunity event of fellowship, and planing a group of service activities that are conservation minded and help to improve the health of our community.
We started in August of 2013 with a group of community events where we helped with setting up and produced an opening ceremony for the event that emphasized patriotism. We were able to do this for the Detroit Arab/American Association Summer Meeting on August 21, the Michigan State Fair on August 30, and the Patriot Day Memorial Service on September 11.
Through out the month of September we designed a window display and secured permission at the Corner Barber Shop in downtown Farmington. All month our display on Scouting and it's Messengers of Peace was seen by thousands of pedestrians and people in their autos as they crossed the busiest intersection in Farmington (the corner of Grand River Avenue and Farmington Roads). See the picture of the display included with this post.
We partnered with our sponsor, the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, to plan and lead a day of fellowship that the entire city was invited to come to. We wanted the event to just be a fun time for everyone to gather and leave behind daily concerns and celebrate life and all the good things we have. Over 300 people from our community met on September 8 for fun, music, food, and activities. Each of our patrols planed a different activity. We had one patrol build a monkey bridge, several baked pastries in our dutch ovens, one had slack lines, another had balancing games, and another brought a big bounce house for the very youg to enjoy. We had lots of fun and met a bunch of new friends.
Next we planned a series of work projects including construction of an outdoor seating area for the Walled Lake Church of Christ, an agility course was built for the community animal shelter, and we made blankets for newborn babies to use and take home at the Huron Valley Sinai Hospital. To finnish things of we spent a day working to clean up the environment, trimming trees, working flower beds and preparing for winter months our sponsors property and buildings.
The projects continue and what we learned is that being active in the community is not just a good thing to do, but it is a lot of fun as well. The added bonus is all the people we met and the stories they shared about their lives. At Troop 179 we are "Messengers of Peace" here in our community and all around the Detroit area.